Travel Blogs from La Romana
concrete structure dating from the 1950s that’s not pretty in the way of a
Gothic or Baroque cathedral but impressive for its uniqueness. The cathedral’s
story dates from the 1500s when an old man believed to be an apostle appeared
to heal a sick child and left behind a small image of the Virgin Mary on his
departure. Another miracle!
I had only driven a short distance from the cathedral parking
lot when I was stopped by ...
... people in the countryside still get around on horseback and quite a few horses were tethered in town. Outside of town stands the home of Ponce de Leon, seeker of the Fountain of Youth and explorer and namer of Florida, who was also governor of the Higuey region for the Spanish crown. I couldn’t come to an agreement on price with the attendant who was clearly trying to riff me off, so I didn’t go inside. The guidebooks indicate the interior displays are pretty sparse anyway, ...
Had a bit of a lie in today, was nice not to be woken up by loud animals or shouting, just from traffic instead! Had the free breakfast at the hostel, pretty good - toast, jam, fruit, cheese, meat. Then headed out again to further explore. Went along the Malecon (promenade along seafront). Not very pretty as lots of rubbish ...
... drop out after 8th grade as they have no ID documents and so cannot continue their studies. They often end up working in the sugarcane fields and the cycle continues. Also a recent study was done in the region showing that the quality of education in the bateys is pretty shocking, with only a few being able to write their own names.
We then visited various elderly people who had health complications. The charity has helped to fund medical costs ...
As a farewell to one of the volunteers here, the group arranged to go to the river. First we had to buy supplies from the market and then pick up the massive sound system which was with one of the group who lives in a bateye. We also picked up a few friends of theirs who joined us for the trip.
Along the way we got to see people working in ...